Our Call to Action
In 2004, a coalition of student groups came together based on the shared belief that student government should not be the luxury of an elite few, but the right of all who seek to serve. Bruins United advocated for equal access to funding, enhanced student spaces, and Bruin spirit. Their alliance was organized in recognition of the need for diverse representation to combat a system deadlocked by politicking and extreme slatist partisanship. These students, despite their varied interests, backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences recognized that they were stronger together than they were apart. And they were.
Over 13 years, Bruins United has continued to fulfill its mission to empower, amplify and unite the Bruin community. Our leaders have worked on academic excellence, campus climate and safety, affordability, sustainability, USAC transparency, Bruin spirit and more.
But it is not enough to rely on the successes of the past. We recognize that in order to continue to have the privilege of serving the UCLA community, we must remain relevant and responsive to the needs of a changing UCLA community.
To remain responsive and relevant, the movement must be willing to reflect and evolve. We cannot passively rely on the relationships of the past, we must forge ahead to unite in the future.
This is our call to action.
We, the next generation of students who are committed to student leadership, student representation and student service, seek to create the next coalition of leaders -- with diverse interests, backgrounds, beliefs and experiences -- who are as committed to building community as they are to institutionalizing tangible change.
Bruins United is a coalition of campus leaders who are committed to bettering the student experience, for all.
Bruins United is our call to action for all who believe in the prioritization of student needs.
Bruins United seeks to create spaces for inclusive dialogue, holding space for multiple perspectives, positionalities and orientations.
Bruins United believes in the power of collective student voice, working to build coalitions of students to amplify and uplift each other.
Bruins United works to model intentional, cooperative, moral leadership by working with the administration, campus partners, community partners, and opposing student movements.
Bruins United is committed to open recruitment; no student will be prioritized or penalized on the basis of their affiliations or lack thereof.
Bruins United recognizes that there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to campus leadership -- nor should there ever be.
Bruins United manifests unity, not uniformity; the strength of our movement is that it is singular neither in voice nor in message.
Now more than ever, our campus, our country and our world need leaders who are willing to come together, not because we are the same, but because we are different. We need leaders who are committed to progressing forward, not by drawing lines and hiding behind them, but by recognizing the walls that exist and tearing them down. We need leaders who have the courage to stand up and speak, as well as the discipline to sit down and listen. We need leaders who will prioritize what is morally right over what is politically expedient.
We need leaders who believe that student government is not just the luxury of an elite few, but the responsibility and opportunity of all who seek to serve our community.
Together, Bruins Unite.
We hope you'll join us.
Our Core Leadership Principles
Many have asked us, "what exactly are you united in?" While the issues our leaders choose to take on and the methods they use to solve them vary from year to year, what holds constant are the leadership principles we maintain. Here they are:
INTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT
EXTERNAL VICE PRESIDENT
ACADEMIC AFFAIRS COMMISSIONER
FINANCIAL SUPPORTS COMMISSIONER
TRANSFER STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE
+ bring the evals to bruinwalk
Increase professor accountability by creating an option on the Office of Instructional Development Course Evaluations to sync directly to BruinWalk.com
+ bruins breaking bread
Set up weekly professor-student dinners and programming between faculty and students to bring the UCLA community closer in an informal setting.
+ transfer into appointments
Work with the Transfer Leadership Coalition to reduce appointed leadership positions from two year to one year terms so transfer students can amplify their voices and concerns at the council table.
+ connecting communities
Work in tandem with the Transfer Student Center to create more information sessions and community-building events to allow transfers to have more opportunities to connect with the rest of the student body.
+ disclose my costs
Advocate for professors to disclose and justify course costs during enrollment, creating transparency and pressure to lower textbook/materials costs.
- Bella Martin (General Representative)
+ accessible uc
Lobby the state and federal governments for long-term solutions which simplify and expand financial aid options available to students, such as summer Cal Grants and increased subsidized loan caps.
+ you're not a loan
Organization of regular introductory-level events teaching personal finance and life management skills.
+ first fridays in westwood
Host quarterly block parties in Westwood with food trucks and live music to foster a fun and vibrant college town.
+ Time's up
Reform and expand sexual violence prevention trainings for incoming, new, and returning students centered around collaborative upstander intervention protocol and Title IX proceedings.
Advocate for funding to provide rape kits and STI treatment for survivors of sexual assault on campus and expand safety resources in Westwood bars.
Amplify and support the work of student initiatives against sexual harassment and sexual violence by advocating for a state law mandating biannual Title IX training for students at public universities.
+ our safety
Increase transparency of emergency decision-making and notification procedures, enhance emergency preparedness trainings, and institutionalize an inclusive, student-run safety advisory committee.
+ scooters and commuters
Promote sustainability and safety on campus by advocating for a bike lane all around the campus loop to prevent students from getting unnecessary citations and decrease injuries from vehicles like Bird and Lime Scooter.
- Bella Martin (General Representative)
Foster civic participation for all future elections by increasing get out the vote efforts on campus and creating programming to encourage students to engage in local politics.
+ campus capitol connection
Make existing resources more accessible to students by creating a streamlined process in which the EVP office assists every step of the way including outreach, training, and transparent funding applications.
+ bruin service announcements
Increase student government involvement and engagement by creating short videos explaining the ins-and-outs of USAC in multiple languages.
- Bella Martin (General Representative)
+ your first-gen story
Organize a UC-wide summit for first generation students to provide resources to network and navigate student life on campus.
+ lean in
Build a women’s leadership development and mentorship network of students, faculty, and alumni to empower femme-identifying leaders to succeed on campus and in their careers.
Pilot program with other campus entities to research and advocate for stronger reproductive healthcare resources for students and more free menstrual products on campus.
+ your home, your rights
Lead an informational campaign and facilitate workshops to ensure students know their rights as tenants.
+ home sweet home
Creating and implementing apartment hunting curriculum with Student Legal Services to prevent housing fraud through Hill workshops, apartment and landlord reviews on BruinWalk website, and development of centralized forum for summer subletting.
- Aneri Suthar (Facilities Commissioner)
+ suite dreams
Advocate to allocate university apartment space for transfers to expand on available housing options and to create a space where transfers can live off-campus without sacrificing networking opportunities within the transfer community.
+ look before you book
Work with ASUCLA to streamline room reservation process for student organizations and create a public calendar to highlight the work of our student groups.
- Izzy Gardner (Internal Vice President)
+ no lines, good times
Eliminate the line for home basketball games by working with The Den and UCLA Athletics to create an online ticket reservation process as well as scholarship opportunities for recreational sports and Den Passes.
+ paths to success
Collaborate with the Career Center to create a Resource Guide that provides students with advice on not only where to begin their professional development at UCLA, but how they can use this resource to achieve their career goals upon graduation.
- Brock Bauer (Academic Affairs Commissioner)
+ Making spaces
Advocating for appropriate meeting/practice space reform for student organizations in need of specialized spaces; assessing current and creating more lactation spaces, sensory retreat rooms, and gender neutral bathroom.
+ park at ucla
Partner with UCLA Transportation office to develop alternative parking solutions that make parking more affordable and accessible to students e.g. payment plans for specific days and times.
This is a selection of some of the accomplishments our leaders have brought to campus.
iClicker Loan Library
- Lab Coat Loan Library
Portable Phone Charger Loan Library
- Financial Literacy Workshops/Week
Financial Literacy Course
Den Season Bus Pass
Financial Aid Fair
On-Campus Jobs Fair
USAC Transparency & Efficiency
USAC Endowment for Sustainable Funding
USAC Mid-Year Budget Report
USAC Live! Council Meeting Livestream
Relevant & Exciting Student Programs
LGBTQ Awareness Week
Off-Campus Living Fair
Den Season Bus
Revitalization of Homecoming
Bruins Night Out & Dank Deals for Bruins
Holi at UCLA
ASUCLA T-Shirt Design Contest
- Sexual Assault Resources & Coalition
Sexual Health Workshops & Education
Campus Safety Day
Circle of 6 U for UCLA
Added Lighting to Westwood Village
Academic Advocacy & Resources
Stress Free Days with Free Blue Books and More
CCLE Syllabus Preview
Increased Study Spaces for Finals
Academic Inequity Awareness Week
Transfer Workshops & Resource Fairs
Show Me the Ropes
Bruin Defenders Grant
Appetizers with Administrators
Bear Essentials Mobile Application
Provided Buses to the Women's March
Solar Powered Umbrellas in Kerckhoff Patio
Drought Resistant Grass
Solar Panels on Ackerman
UCLA Farmer’s Market
ASUCLA Reusable Mug Contest
Water Bottle Refilling Hydration Stations
Composting Video Competition
UCLA vs USC Water Conservation Competition
Student Group Resources
ASUCLA Creative Services Design Team
Student Group Funding How-To Guide
Spring Activities Fair